Helsinki Challenge – what is the challenge you would like to solve?

HelsinkiChallengeWe believe that future challenges are solved in co-operation. Helsinki Challenge is a collaborative approach to innovation – it connects scientific communities, business, policy makers, the media, the public sector and alumni. Co-creation is the key for ideas with genuine creative power and the ability to make a difference in society.

Helsinki Challenge is a science-based competition where teams, through multidisciplinary encounters and a co-creation process, create solutions for grand challenges and the future of the welfare state.

Science provides the basis for radical innovations. Reaching the top requires extraordinary thinking, questioning of the customary, new practices and global encounters. The Helsinki Challenge is looking for solutions to both grand challenges and the future of the welfare state through the five following themes

  • Health and well-being
  • Global Helsinki
  • Future Learning
  • Environmental Change
  • New World View

Who can participate?

The Helsinki Challenge is a unique learning process and idea accelerator, which combines the science community and students of the University of Helsinki for intensive interaction with different societal actors, both locally and globally.

The science community and students of the University of Helsinki  will invite international science communities, partners, and societal actors of the society to join the Helsinki Challenge. There should be the University of Helsinki member in each team.

Register your team by 15 September 2014 ››
Submit your competition entry by 17 October 2014 ››

Collaboration and co-creation

The 375,000€ Helsinki Challenge Prize aims to spur science-based innovations and ideas of all kinds, shapes and sizes. It is an enabler of collaboration, co-creation as well as multidisiplinary and border-crossing encounters. The Helsinki Challenge is a catalyst in generating new ideas.

Helsinki Challenge competition entries (both pre-qualification stage and semifinal stage) are evaluated by the Helsinki Challenge jury. The evaluation criteria is: originality, creativity, impact, solution focused, science based.

More information can be found at Helsinki Challenge website. 

PitchNight@Thinkfest, 4 September 2014, 17.00, Think Corner at Porthania – Come and pitch your idea!

The University of Helsinki jumps to an early start on its 375th anniversary next year with Thinkfest, an urban festival of thought and science which will take over Porthania on 4–6 September 2014.

One of the Thinkfest events is PitchNight, and we would like to have you and your team join us! The University of Helsinki strives to provide solutions to major challenges and future wellbeing through both academic research and entrepreneurship. PitchNight turns the spotlight on ideas and the people who come up with them – come and take the stage at Think Corner! The audience may include potential mentors, partners and funders!

The teams will receive coaching and visibility! PitchNight can also serve as a springboard for the Helsinki Challenge competition, which offers a prize of €375,000.

Sign up by 22 August ( – the best ideas will be showcased on the stage!

PitchNight is an event in which University of Helsinki-based teams receive a 5- to 7-minute time slot to present their ideas, projects, services and concepts to the audience and see what kind of responses they evoke. Feedback and suggestions from the audience and mentors will help the teams develop their ideas for future presentations. PitchNight brings ideas and their creators together with potential mentors, partners and investors.